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OBJECTIVE: The role of the Chaplain within the MCSO setting is to focus on the spiritual care and encouragement of inmates. And to respond with compassion and support of all faiths in need of spiritual guidance or pastoral counseling during a time of personal crisis.

THE CHAPLAIN'S UNIT
The Chaplain Unit provides the inmates housed in the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office detention facilities the opportunity to address the issues they face on a spiritual level that may have contributed to their criminal behavior and subsequent incarceration.

SERVICES
The Chaplains Unit offers Religious Studies, Pastoral Care, and distributes donated religious material to the inmates. Contact Facility Chaplain at 980-314-5178 if you or your organization would like to donate religious material. Please be aware that the jail cannot receive hardcover books.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
The Chaplains Unit offers volunteer opportunities both in the Chaplains Unit Office as a Chaplains Aide and with the inmates as a Religious Studies instructor. If you are interested in either position contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 704-336-8143. Please be aware that there is an application process and mandatory training.

Contact the Chaplain Unit with any additional questions or concerns at the following telephone numbers:
Jail Central Facility Chaplain at 980-314-5178
Jail North Facility Chaplain at 980-314-5590

CLERGY VISITS
We invite all clergy to visit inmates, with the understanding that they must, first, obtain permission to do so. In order to obtain this permission, please call the Volunteer Coordinator at 980-314-5172 during normal business hours Monday through Friday. Interested clergy must have a valid driver’s license or photo ID and clergy/ministerial credentials (i.e. letter from religious organization stating your capacity with the organization).

GUIDELINES FOR CLERGY VISITATIONS
TThe term Clergy includes pastor, associate pastor, priest, imam or an approved representative of an approved pastor or church.
  1. Clergy may visit an inmate only one time each week.

  2. Inmates can receive only one clergy visit per week.

  3. Clergy that are related to an inmate may not use their clergy status to visit that inmate.

  4. Visitation is non-contact.

  5. Clergy visitation is allowed Monday-Friday during the following times:

      8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
      1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
      8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Reasons for termination of clergy status and revocation of MCSO clergy credentials:
  1. Clergy members must conduct themselves in an orderly manner. If you are deemed to be unruly and/or are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol you will be denied visitation and your credentials will be confiscated immediately.

  2. Clergy credentials will be revoked for one year. You may still visit the inmate as a general member of the public.